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From the archives | May 26

Red Sox saved from being no-hit by a bloop single

The Red Sox’ preoccupation with lefthandedness, an issue that has dominated the team from Babe Ruth to Mark Langston, was never so acute as last night, when California’s Chuck Finley came within a Jody Reed bloop single of pitching the first no-hitter at Fenway Park by an opposing southpaw since 1917.

Later Reed almost apologized for the hit, which fell about 10 feet in front of center fielder Devon White with two out in the eighth inning. It was the only one allowed by Finley, who used a searing fastball and often breathtaking forkball to beat the Sox and Roger Clemens, 5-0.

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